Flood hits North India, many affected

RSTV Bureau

bihar_floodsFloods and heavy rains have inundated many areas in northern India, which up till now has killed 132 people in UP and at least 10 people in Bihar in the last 24 hours.

One person drowned in the flood water in the Ghoswari block of rural Patna last night, Joint Secretary in Disaster Management Department (DMD) Sunil Kumar said.

On the other hand the Rapti River in Uttar Pradesh continues to maintain an alarming level and is flowing above the danger mark, causing concern in the flood-affected state.

At 1500 hrs on Tuesday, the river was flowing, with a falling trend, at a level of 105.26 mts at Balrampur, which is 0.64 mt above its danger level of 104.62 mts, the Ministry of Water Resources said.

According to Central Water Commission (CWC) Chairman AB Pandey, the rise in its water level has triggered an unprecedented flood situation.
According to reports, 15 persons died in the last 24 hours in flood-related incidents in UP.

The Commandant of 9 NDRF Battalion Vijay Sinha said that except for Bagmati in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, water in major rivers had started coming down.

The relief and evacuation work continued in 13 districts under floods in Bihar, the DMD and the NDRF officials said.

Sinha also said that more than 600 personnel were engaged in evacuation and relief work in the marooned areas.

More than 3 lakh people in 1,206 hamlets of 220 villages have been hit by floods in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh where relief and rescue work is being carried out by NDRF, PAC, SSB, police and revenue personnel along with voluntary organisations.

The flood-hit districts of Bihar are Patna, Gopalganj, East Champaran, Sheikhpura, Darbhanga, Nalanda, West Champaran, Supaul, Saharasa, Nawada, Sitamarhi, Khagaria and Muzaffarpur.